Forget the Rules: White Before Memorial Day

Some rules are meant to be broken, right? I’m not quite sure of the origin of the rules concerning when it’s okay to wear white, but I’m pretty sure that those rules no longer apply. No white before Memorial Day? Forget that. No white after Labor Day? Who’s going to stop us?

White Before Memorial Day, DIba Tradin Up Sandal 8c

Shirt: Ann Taylor (old, similar)

Pants: Loft (under $40 now)

Shoes: c/o Bronx Diba Shoes

Bag: Kate Spade Saturday (similar, similar | both under $25)

Hat: H&M

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Bracelet: J.Crew (old, really want this one)

Rings: Kendra ScottKendra Scott (on sale)

Watch: Movado (in silver)

Lip: Mac “Fashion Darling” Versicolour stainMac “Kiss Me Quick” lip pencil

White Before Memorial Day, DIba Tradin Up Sandal 4c

Today, I’m rebelling against old-school fashion codes by rocking an all-white ensemble over a week before Memorial Day. To create the look, I relied on some favorite pieces from my wardrobe, including the perfect pants I searched forever to find and the coziest white tunic (mine is sold out, but this J.Crew Factory style fits amazingly well).

White Before Memorial Day, DIba Tradin Up Sandal 1c

To break up the whites, I mixed in some blue and grey pieces. I purchased the grey crossbody bucket bag for pennies when Kate Spade Saturday was going out of business. Target has a similar style—the Mossimo drawstring bucket bag—that’s luxe-looking and under $25.

White Before Memorial Day, DIba Tradin Up Sandal 6c

And, the shoes! My sandals—the ‘Tradin Up’ Sandals in Denim—are by Diba, a shoe brand actually based here in St. Louis. What can I say? I love everything about these shoes, from the woven suede straps to the lace up vamp to the comfy stacked heel.

White Before Memorial Day, DIba Tradin Up Sandal 3c

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. May 20, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Memorial Day? I thought it was Easter! I’ve been breaking the rules forever! They were meant for breaking!

    • May 21, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Hahahaha. I love that. Just goes to show that those rules really no longer apply, Missy!

  2. May 21, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Hahaha! F*#k the rules! Nobody’s suppose to stop you dear. You rock your outfit so good. I like it! I don’t like strap sandals tho but you wear it good. Have a nice weekend too. Thanks.

  3. Owlet
    May 22, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Very cute! Love the shoes!

    Speaking of which…I have no idea when the “rule” got changed to no white at all before Memorial Day, because when I was growing up, it was “no white SHOES before Memorial Day.”

    (The other thing is, what about “winter white?” I never got into that look myself, but I guess it meant wearing all white clothes but with black/brown/gray winter boots?)

    • May 24, 2016 / 6:51 am

      I love that, Owlet…even more evidence that these ‘rules’ are fluid. Winter whites have certainly been quite popular in recent seasons. More evidence that white can look good all year round.

  4. May 22, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I absolutely love this outfit! I couldn’t agree more, those traditional “rules” don’t apply anymore, I’ll wear what I want when I want lol!


    P.S. It was SO great hearing you speak at the Go Blog Social Conference a week ago!!!

    • May 24, 2016 / 6:52 am

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Cheers to wearing what we want!